Folic acid is one of the essential vitamins of the B group and performs various important functions in the human body. It supports growth processes and embryonic development. Hair too benefits from folic acid, as the vitamin aids the optimal supply of oxygen to the root and strengthens the hair structure from the inside.
GOOD TO KNOW
Folic acid belongs to the Vitamin B group and is often known as folate, Vitamin B9 or Vitamin B11. Strictly speaking, folate and folic acid are not the same: folate is the natural vitamin, while folic acid is produced from synthetic compounds. The acid is water-soluble and essential for the body, but it cannot be produced independently and therefore has to be supplied through diet.
HISTORY OF FOLIC ACID
Folic acid first became the focus of research in the 1930s. As lactobacillus-casei it was originally known for its anti-anaemic and growth promotion properties. Not until 1941, when it was extracted from spinach leaves, was it given the name folic acid (folium = leaf in Latin). In 1996, researchers discovered the structure of the vitamin and investigated its various functions. Since then it has been proven to be an effective preventive medicine.
FOODS CONTAINING FOLIC ACID
As the original researchers discovered, folic acid is found primarily in spinach and other green leafy vegetables. Other important sources include:
Animal foods such as egg yolk and chicken liver also contain folic acid, while table salt and fruit juices often contain an additive of synthetic folic acid. Dietary supplements and hair restorers such as Frummi also contain folic acid.
BENEFITS OF FOLIC ACID
As part of the Vitamin B complex group, folic acid is vital for the human body. It helps…
Folic acid deficiency can lead to problems such as anaemia, infant malformation and congenital heart defects. A lack of red blood cells and cardiovascular disease are other possible side effects.
Unfortunately many people today have less than ideal levels of folic acid. Deficiency can be the result of poor diet, heavy alcohol consumption or contraception. The long-term use of prescription drugs, many of which break down folic acid, can also lead to deficiency.
Although folic acid is excreted naturally by the body, overdose may lead to sleep disturbance and gastrointestinal problems. Excessive amounts of folic acid can mask a lack of Vitamin B 12 which, if left untreated, could lead to long-term damage such as spinal cord problems, anaemia or dementia.
FOLIC ACID AND FRUMMI – THE BASIS OF HEALTHY HAIR
Folic acid is vital for strong, healthy and shiny hair. It stimulates the production of red blood cells and the supply of oxygen to the hair root. Deficiency of folic acid can lead to dry, brittle hair and hair loss over time.
Together with the other vitamins and nutrients contained in Frummi hair restorer, it provides excellent support for a full and radiant head of hair.